Stephen Conley PhD, President
Dr. Conley received his bachelor’s degree in Physics from the California State University, Chico and his PhD in Atmospheric Science from the University of California, Davis. His research focused on processes controlling transport of trace gases in the planetary boundary layer, with emphasis on turbulent motions. Prior to becoming an atmospheric scientist, Dr. Conley founded several successful companies and served as an officer in the United States Navy. He is an instrument rated commercial pilot with over 2000 hours of flight time.
Justin is a second generation pilot who started his flying career in St Louis. He completed his Instrument and Commercial Pilot Certificates in Colorado while also earning a Bachelor’s of Science in Aviation Technology from Metropolitan State University of Denver. At Scientific Aviation, Justin combines his passion for aviation with his interest in the environment.
Bear completed his commercial, instrument and private flight ratings in Boulder Colorado while pursuing a degree in Geology from the University of Colorado. Bear is currently working as a full-time pilot for Scientific Aviation. Each day brings a new challenge and new people to work with. It is special to be part of an organization that is gathering first-hand data on the current state of our planet. When not flying science missions or working in the office Bear enjoys riding his mountain bike and generally doing activities that get him outside.
Jason has a Bachelor Degree in Geology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He was introduced to aviation at a young age flying across the country with his dad. Aviation provides an incredible sense of freedom and it gives him a chance to admire the beauty of the Colorado Rocky Mountains from a different perspective. He’s thrilled to be working for Scientific Aviation, it allows him to admire the rest of the country with great company. Jason enjoys hiking, camping, fly fishing and snowboarding.
Mackenzie Smith PhD
Mackenzie received her Bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Muhlenberg College, and completed her PhD at Harvard, studying aerosol formation and morphology. During her postdoctoral work at University of Michigan, she became interested in using airborne measurement platforms to study atmospheric emissions, and her love for all things airplane began. Working at Scientific Aviation allows her to combine her burgeoning passion for aviation with her desires to conduct high-quality scientific research and tinker with instrumentation. At SciAv, she also gets to engage with scientists from different institutions all over the country, continue to participate in exciting research projects, and see some amazing sights from the air. When not talking about science or airplanes, she can be found drawing anything from human figures to instrument diagrams. She also enjoys riding her very impractical single speed bicycle in hilly Colorado.
Josh Spence is a Flight Scientist and assists with data acquisition, analysis and logistics for our projects. Josh received a Bachelors of Science in Geology from Fort Lewis College in 2016 and is currently working towards his Private Pilot certificate. Working for Scientific Aviation has allowed him to experience a new field of science and travel to exciting locations. In his free time he enjoys spending time outdoors fly fishing, skiing, and hiking.